[CT Birds] Boston Hollow/Yale Forest updates
Mntncougar at aol.com
Mntncougar at aol.com
Tue Jun 7 20:11:53 EDT 2016
After my post of a few days ago I received some info from fellow birders.
Ravens: I was told that the Ravens did, in fact, have a successful nest
this year and successfully fledged some young. But it was very early, before
I got home from out west. I'd guess that was because of the abnormally
mild winter we had. The fledglings had to have left the nest before May 22,
because that was the first day I was there and it was very quiet. Usually
there is a real ruckus around the time the chicks are ready to fly and shortly
afterwards. The earliest I have previously observed the nestlings fledging
was June first, and usually the first week of June.
Red-shouldered Hawks: before I got home from out west three chicks had
been seen in the nest, not the 2 I reported. I checked the pictures I took
last week, and in 4 frames out of the 71 I took there is any eye staring at me
from between the other two nestlings.
Yesterday morning I could see the head of one nestling in the nest. But an
immature bird was standing on a branch in the tree, about 20 feet from
the nest. I don't know that it can fly yet, but it has left the nest. No sign
of the third bird and it is possible it has already departed. They were
pretty big a week ago.
CANADA WARBLERS: I am amazed at what's going on there. Yesterday I
counted at least 20 singing males, and I didn't complete my normal route because
of time constraints. I don't believe I ever found more than 6 or 7 in one
day before this year. And many of the birds are in locations I've never
found them before, sometimes more than one.
it almost seems like there was a fall-out of Canada Warblers. Now I can't
wait to see how many stay and actually set up housekeeping. I can only
assume there are more females than usual as well.
However, judging by the songs, I think some of the singing males may be
this year's fledglings! In past years I have heard many birds that I thought
were probably 1st year birds because they sang songs totally unlike the
normal adult. And often they are singing in concert with or seemingly in
response to birds singing normal adult songs. Yesterday I heard several such
birds. Perhaps they also nested early this year because of the mild winter.
Winter Wren: Yesterday I finally found a second singing male, in an area I
have often found them in years past. Still hoping for more.
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct.
mntncougar at aol.com
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